Excellence in Every Acre: Rosalind Franklin University Campus achieves GOLD and PLATINUM #ILCA Awards!
Two Decades with Rosalind Franklin University

Balanced Enviroments

January 31, 2024

ILCA Platinum Award
ILCA Gold Award Winner

Balanced Environments, Inc. achieves the Highest Score in the category of Commercial Maintenance, GOLD & PLATINUM ILCA Awards for Rosalind Franklin University!

As we commemorate two decades of partnership with Rosalind Franklin University, we are thrilled to share the remarkable journey. Since April 1, 2004, we’ve had the honor of tending to the 97-acre medical school campus, nestled in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Let’s dive into the narrative of growth, challenges, and triumphs that have defined our shared commitment to excellence and sustainability.

Our canvas is a 97-acre masterpiece, featuring 48 acres of meticulously groomed campus and 20 acres of non-permeable parking lot. From the tree-lined landscapes to dormitories, interconnected educational buildings, sports fields, and more, our mission is clear — to create a serene environment where students can thrive academically while embracing the natural surroundings as a home away from home.

Embracing a mission of environmental stewardship, we’ve implemented actions such as creating protected areas, replanting trees, and reducing harmful activities. Despite strict budget constraints, we proudly uphold our commitment to sustainability, maintaining a 9-hole disc golf course, fitness course, ponds, waterfalls, and more with the utmost care.

Navigating challenges as good stewards of the land, we’ve minimized chemical usage, worked around student schedules, and collaborated seamlessly with the Department of Defense. Operating in restricted access areas requires careful planning, and our team, with over 15 years of on-site experience, has overcome every obstacle to ensure the continuity of the learning environment.

The explosion of the goose population in Northern Illinois presented a unique challenge. Through innovation and collaboration, we implemented a “geese police” system, enlisting collies to manage the population and maintain the pristine condition of the turf.

Our dedicated team, including an account manager, landscape designer, and crew members with over 15 years on-site, has been the backbone of our success. Working in harmony with contractors, military authorities, and security details, we’ve transformed challenges into opportunities for growth.

Two Decades with Rosalind Franklin University
Two Decades with Rosalind Franklin University
Two Decades with Rosalind Franklin University
ILCA Platinum Award
ILCA Award Night 24
ILCA Gold Award

Congratulations BEI on Excellence in Landscape Platinum Award 2023-24 for Achieving Highest Score in the category of Commercial Maintenance for Rosalind Franklin University!

BEI’s Matt McLean, Tom Kelly, John Ploss, Bob Jackson (RFU), Francisco Vargas, Rigo Tenorio & Jerry Jimenez!

Congratulations on Excellence in Landscape Gold Award 2024 for Rosalind Franklin University Commercial Landscape Maintenance – Bruce Church, Tom Kelly & Jerry Jimenez!

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